Conservation Events

Join a cohort of dedicated conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers as we work to protect water, wildlife and wild places. From litter sweeps to workshops on scientific and social topics, there are ways for everyone to get involved in your community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Isle of Palms Summer Beach Sweeps

Monday, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6–7 p.m. | 1100 Block Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms
The summer season brings weekly beach sweeps to Isle of Palms! South Carolina Aquarium and Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew are hosting beach sweeps every Monday evening from 6–7 p.m. Sign in and pick up supplies at the public beach walkover where we will provide instructions for volunteers to participate in a litter sweep with data collection. No advance registration is required.

World Oceans Day Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, June 8, 10–11:30 a.m. | 1 Center Street, Folly Beach
Join us in bringing local recognition to United Nations World Oceans Day with a coastal cleanup in the heart of Folly Beach! The event will begin with opening remarks on the beach side of the Tides Hotel, and will be followed by cleanup efforts across the beach and along the roadsides within the Folly Beach business district. All supplies and instructions will be provided.
Learn more and register HERE.

Charleston Green Drinks: Transportation

Thursday, June 13, 6–8 p.m. | 4831 O’Hear Avenue, North Charleston
Join local conservation organizations at Commonhouse Aleworks Brewery as we connect and talk about local transportation efforts for a greener future. Following brief introductions, spotlight organizations will be available for informal conversations.
Learn more and register HERE.

Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, June 15, 9–11 a.m. | 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island
Kiawah Conservancy and South Carolina Aquarium are hosting monthly litter sweeps at Mingo Point. Volunteers will choose a sweep location on the island, disperse for their cleanup and then return to drop off supplies and share their impact. Get involved to keep litter and plastic pollution from entering our waterways.
Sign up for Kiawah Island Sweep reminders HERE.

Conservation in Action

  1. Capers Island Cleanup Excursion
  2. Chicora Changers Beach Sweep at Isle of Palms
  3. Tidal Creek Excavation with SCDNR SCORE
  4. Folly Beach Litter Sweep Event
  5. King Tide Flooding Measurement at SeaRise Sign in Charleston
  6. Marsh Grass Planting in Maryville
  7. Shem Creek Litter Sweep with J. B. Edwards Elementary
  8. Saltmarsh Sweep with Charleston Waterkeeper
  9. MLK Day of Service Litter Sweep and Food Drive
  10. Liberty Square Litter Sweep
A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Your Data Matters!

Want to be a true citizen scientist? Litter data is critical in identifying the most problematic debris and can be a powerful tool in helping to develop solutions for reducing trash. We encourage litter sweep participants to log the items they pick up from land and water. Help be part of the solution by using the Litter Journal, a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app, when you sweep in your community.

The South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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